1 hour 45 minutes
Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” should have had more sense than inviting comparisons with the latest “Mission Impossible.” There’s no comparison. “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” is a slick but empty espionage thriller with more style than substance.
Since flopping as Superman a few years ago, Henry Cavill puts his lack of charisma to work as the unflappable superspy Napoleon Solo.
True to its TV roots from the 1960s, the film brings Cavill together with the equally uncharismatic Armie Hammer as his Russian spy counterpart.
Sad to say this cold war odd couple generate no chemistry whatsoever.
Director Guy Ritchie’s attempts at creating a stylish battle of the sexes with femme fatale Alicia
Vikander also suffers from Cavill’s stodginess.
Hugh Grant’s all too brief appearance as a charming old school spymaster just isn’t quite enough to save the picture.
The way “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” just sputters along without any sense of urgency, why should I give this lame spy thriller any more than 2 stars?
For a film that deals with the forces of evil securing a nuclear device, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” has all the tension of casually crossing the state line to buy fireworks.